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A Southern Spring Wedding Tucked Away in a Secret Garden

Tucked away in a secret garden, a knight in shining armor and his lovely Bride, decked out in a Jenny Peckham dress and a hair piece that I’ve already pinned to my Pinterest boards, say “I do” and start their happily ever after. With Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba’s talent on full display and Simply Sarah’s images captivating us, every pic is straight out of a fairytale – get all heart eyed in our Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… Jim and I met in a rec soccer league here in NYC. Over the summer of 2012, we both signed up as individuals and were placed on the same team. About six months later, we started dating secretly, not wanting to get our teammates involved. It didn’t last long before we were eventually caught stealing kisses at the bar after games. A few months later, I tore my ACL during one of our games. Jim, my knight in shining armor, swept me up into his arms and carried me off the field, only then to be greeted with the true challenge of carrying me up all four flights of stairs of my East Village walk up apartment. It was in this moment, and the weeks following my surgery that I knew I had found someone special. I was at my weakest and most vulnerable, and there he was, only a few months into our relationship, nursing me back to heath, carrying my bags as I crutched around the city, hailing cabs, cooking dinner, and just keeping me from wallowing in self-pity.

In July 2014, we planned a weekend getaway to Charleston to celebrate Jim’s birthday. We flew out of NYC at the crack of dawn and headed straight to Middleton Place, a plantation I’d wanted to see just outside of town. We leisurely walked the grounds, and finally decided to take a break from the sweltering heat and humidity on a bench by the lake. Jim started getting all sappy as we chatted, which I thought was due to his turning a year older. Suddenly, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him. I was so utterly shocked, that I was able to say yes, but couldn’t speak for the next 5-10 minutes. We giddily walked around the rest of the grounds, and before leaving, a random girl walks up to us and asks if we just got engaged. We answered yes, and she continues, first apologizing for maybe appearing to be creepy, and then admitting that she saw the whole thing happen from across the lake because she was watching an alligator. Said alligator was apparently less than 10 feet away from us the entire time. She offered to send us her photos, and sure enough, there it was!

We knew we wanted to have a longer engagement; I needed to finish my thesis, and we wanted to actually enjoy the planning process instead of rushing through everything. We ended up being engaged for almost two years before tying the knot. As for the wedding planning process, we knew we wanted to get married outside, so this was our sole starting point. I’ve known of Dunaway Gardens for years – one of my bridesmaids got married there. We researched and visited locations around NYC, but nothing felt right or compared to the image of Dunaway in my head. When we went to visit my family in Georgia for Christmas, we scheduled a tour of the grounds. Even in the dead of winter, we knew that this was going to be our place. The unrestrained nature and history of the grounds (it was a theatre retreat in the 1920s), especially the enchanting intimacy of the hanging gardens were exactly what we were looking for.

We used the venue as our inspiration for the details of our wedding. We knew it would be lush and green in late April, and we picked soft, pastel colors, greens, and metallics as our loose color palette to complement our already gorgeous surroundings. We wanted the day to feel natural, intimate, and ethereal, with nature and twinkling lights and stars as our witnesses. One of our best decisions was a family style dinner of delicious, Southern style food. We chose to have a live band because our friends and family love to dance and party, so we needed everyone to have a good meal beforehand. My dad built the head table for us – a beautiful and sentimental touch. We can’t wait to use it in our house one day. Mary McLeod did an amazing job of bringing the gardens into the reception tent, creating magnificent chandeliers out of greenery, which were one of the few things I asked for specifically from her. The day before the wedding, my mom, bridesmaids, and I spent about an hour or two creating herb bundles (and drinking champagne!) that served as the escort cards.

I remember during the ceremony forcing myself to keep looking out into the crowd and trying to make eye contact with as many people as possible. It made the ceremony feel more intimate and kept me from getting too nervous. As Jim and I exited the ceremony down this huge flight of stairs, I remember finally getting down to the bottom, realizing we actually did it, and him picking me up and swinging me around before our wedding party followed us out. Those simple moments of pure happiness are some of the most memorable to me.

One of my favorite moments of the reception was my dance with my father. I wasn’t allowed to know what song he selected, but I knew we were the last of the “dances”. The music began, and he started talking about how Brad and Janet had a pretty good love story and made it through a crazy time (for anyone that doesn’t know, Brad and Janet are the couple who end up trapped at the mansion in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). We danced the first bit of “The Time Warp” together, and suddenly the crowd closes in, all in sunglasses, hiding my dad from view. Next thing I know, he is in a crazy mad scientist wig. Everyone is laughing, dancing, and singing – I couldn’t have imagined a more fitting or better way to start the party.

It was so special to have people from all walks of our lives at the same huge party, from childhood besties and family friends. Our lives had come full circle, together.

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Planning: Amy Osaba | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Stationery: Hello Tenfold | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Gloriosa Design | Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Hair: Christy Rakestraw | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | China: Vintage English Teacup

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A 54 Year Romance That’ll Give You All the Feels

If there’s one thing we love more than weddings, it’s a wedding anniversary. Because when it comes to your wedding day, it’s really the marriage that matters. Take this 54-year celebration that’s filled with endless love and all the #lifegoals you can dream up. Captured by A. Thomas Photography, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault and some of the sweetest moments waiting for you below!


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I am as lucky now as I was the day I married you – Mr. Larry

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I walked away remembering why I

became a photographer in the first place

– A. Thomas Photography

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From A. Thomas PhotographyThere are some things that are timeless: the dusk that settles over an ocean at sunset, fireflies that lead you home, the song of a cicada lulling you to sleep in the south…and love. Larry and Caroline are a rare story these days. They said “I do” to one another 54 years ago, and have continued to choose one another every single day since then. I have known these two my entire life, and I have never met a couple more loving and giving than they are – their love story is a testament to the staying power of true love.

Their granddaughter, Christina, reached out to me a few months back to talk about styling a session to celebrate their anniversary, and all of us jumped at the chance. It is so easy in this fast-paced world of weddings to forget that the marriage is actually the part we should be celebrating. This session reminds us that love is a choice that you make daily, and is the most fulfilling choice in the world. When we surprised them the morning of the session, I asked them to write down what they loved most about one another. It didn’t take them long to write a list, but these stuck out to me.

Mr. Larry said, “I love you for everything you’ve been through with me. You have put up with me for all of these years, and I am as lucky now as I was the day I married you.” Mrs. Caroline responded, “You are the most Godly man I have ever known. You are the best father, grandfather, and husband I could have ever asked for, and I have been so blessed by you”. I don’t think it gets much better than that.

We chose to do the session at their home in Sharpsburg, Georgia in homage to the fact that they were married in her childhood home’s living room – a custom that was common in 1962. They slow danced, snuggled, and laughed throughout the session, and I walked away remembering why I became a photographer in the first place.


Photography: A. Thomas Photography | Floral Design: Southern Stems | Wedding Dress: Dillard's | Hair + Makeup: Native Beauty Bar | Film Scans: PhotoVision Prints

A Secret Garden Wedding Complete With Dreamy Dress + DIY Details

Tucked away in a secret garden, a beautiful Bride says “I do” to her college sweetheart, surrounded by DIY details she created herself, from the watercolor invitations to the programs, signs and more… no, this isn’t a fairytale, it’s real life and Sawyer Baird’s pretty pics prove it all. Simply Charming Socials planned and coordinated all the beauty and our Vault as the happily ever after – see it all here!

From the Bride… Austin and I met during our sophomore year of college, when some mutual friends brought us together and things went swiftly from first introductions to becoming an inseparable crew of about 10 people that would spend nearly every weekend together from then on out. A year after we met we were dating, and five years after that Austin was down on one knee on a gorgeous spring day in Whistler, B.C., asking me to spend forever with him. Our relationship has been defined from the start by our mutual love for spontaneity, fun, and adventure – and that’s exactly how we wanted our wedding day to feel too.

The vision I had for our big day was a combination of discovered, natural beauty, and soft, romantic details. I’ve always loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and was totally willing to travel (something we love to do anyway) to find the perfect venue. I wanted someplace naturally beautiful without a lot of man-made elements or forced decoration. The second I stepped through the gates of Dunaway Gardens, I knew we had found it. The old stone amphitheater and secret-garden-esque feel of the place had me swooning! It felt like discovering some old and long-forgotten grounds of an European estate, only they were actually tucked away in a sleepy Georgia town. It was perfect.

I’m a graphic designer by trade, so I always knew I’d have a hand in creating the smaller details of the day. I especially wanted to tackle the wedding paper myself, and while it was a huge –and at times daunting– task, I’m so glad I took it on. I’m not a “traditional” (read: paintbrush and pen) kind of artist, but I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and create something unique and meaningful for our invitation suite. So I experimented with a vision I had in mind and sought out guidance from some talented friends before ultimately going with a hand-torn and individually painted set in a vibrant green watercolor. I think Austin probably thought I was crazy for staying up into the small hours of the morning for weeks and converting our whole living room into a giant drying rack, but when all was said and done, they came out just as I’d envisioned. I loved going through and pairing each suite, sealing and embossing inner envelopes, addressing with traditional ink and pen and even tracking down an assortment of vintage stamps from a local collector I’d found. It was a huge labor of love, but I had so much fun doing it.

The little details have always been what I enjoy the most, so I made sure we left a personal touch on every aspect of the day, from the program fans that highlighted must-see areas of the gardens (thanks to the illustrative talents of a dear friend), to a number of signs that lead our guests through the day with subtle jokes sprinkled throughout as payoff to those who actually read them. My amazing mother helped package our succulent favors in little clear takeout boxes with black pebbles and finished with the same wax seal we’d used in the invitation suite. We made custom painted hangers for each of my bridesmaids and gave each of them vintage handkerchiefs with their initials on them (to use in case of happy tears!). My parents also gifted me with an old handkerchief of my grandmother’s (she’s 92, still quick-witted as ever, and absolutely my spirit animal). They had it embroidered with a sweet message that almost immediately made me want to smear teary-eyed mascara all over it.

Over all, the day was everything I could’ve wished for. We were surrounded by our closest family and friends in a beautiful place to celebrate our love for each other and the start of our next great adventure together in life – and that’s just about all you can ask for!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Event Planning + Design: Simply Charming Socials | Floral Design: Wrennwood Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Bride's Shoes: Guess | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Emily Rich | Calligraphy + Invitations: By the Bride | DJ: Amp'd Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Catering + Cake: Epting Events

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This Wedding Film Will Convince You to Hire a Cinematographer ASAP

This wedding film may have been created in the 21st century but it looks and feels like a family heirloom thanks to Mark Brown Films‘ masterful filming and use of vintage film. Trust us when we we say this one really is a must-watch. Get ready to hit the replay button, and watch Helen and Christian’s rustic-meets-vintage wedding video below!MustWatch_swash-01

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From Mark Brown FilmsCaptured on beautiful vintage film, deep in the Georgia wilderness, at the stunning old plantation turned wedding venue; Helen & Christian’s wedding day. Serving as the backdrop for their event was almost 100 acres of unspoiled southern wilds, simply decorated by the wonderful J. Elliot and Vinewood Plantation team in vintage features, candles, and creating high class bourbon cocktails to the guests.

From The Bride…We chose to get married in Georgia because it exudes romantic charm and timeless beauty and we fell in love with Mark’s work for the exact same reasons. Every image, every moment, every little detail tells a story that beautifully captures the ambiance of the day. Mark’s creativity and style is completely unique and we couldn’t be happier with our film! It’s more than just a wedding video – it’s a timeless memory of what was undoubtedly the best day of our life.

Photography: W. Scott Chester Photography | Cinematography: Mark Brown Films | Event Planning: J. Elliot | Floral Design: Virtu Floral and Event Design | Invitations: Paperless Post | Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Sloan Beauty | Venue: Vinewood Plantation

Classic Springtime Dunaway Gardens Wedding

No one tells the story of a wedding day quite like Amy Arrington. She has this beautiful way of capturing even the simplest moments that take our breath away. And this al fresco beauty set in Georgia? Well, it’s one for the books. Planned by Chancey Charm with floral design by Amy Osaba, it’s a celebration inspired by an organic, Anthropologie-style aesthetic while playing to the cues of the springtime season. Watch moment after perfect moment unfold inside The Vault and film below.

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From Amy Arrington Photography… Lisa & Brian were wed on May 2, 2015 in front of 110 guests in the charming amphitheater of Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia. Their early May wedding was inspired by the feeling of an al fresco dinner party with the whimsical decor of Anthropologie. With the help of event designer Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm, the couple sought to blend traditional elements with an organic aesthetic and recruited Atlanta’s best vendors to bring their vision to life in one of Georgia’s most remarkable venues.

After the couple were wed by both of their fathers under a botanical chuppah, guests moved into the cocktail hour garden for hors d’oeuvres and a very southern game of corn hole. When it was time for dinner, everyone gathered under the reception tent for memorable toasts by the wedding party and delicious cuisine created by Sun In My Belly.

Once the sun had set and cake was cut and passed, the party moved into the party tent where guests danced the night away thanks to Emerald Empire Band. Brian even surprised his bride with a sweet serenade of “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green with the band. It was a sweet, personal and memorable day for all!

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Cinematography: Before Your Eyes Cinema | Event Planning + Design: Marilisa Schachinger For Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Kelly's Closet | Cake: Sweet Creations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Sun In My Belly | Hair + Makeup: Raney O'Keefe | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Transportation: Atlantic Limo | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Bridal Boutique: Kelly's Closet | Chair Rentals: Goodwin Events | Draping, Chandeliers + Lounge Furniture: Crush Event Rentals | Groom's + Groomsmen Attire: Guffey's | Stationery + Signage: Confetti Press

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Ethereal + Elegant Morning Rise Inspiration

First up on this morning’s agenda? Find a way to replicate these pretty lil’ lens captures a la Sawyer Baird. Because there is no doubt that perfectly lit mornings punctuated with calming cups o’joe are something really magical. And if you think that’s as dreamy as it gets, just wait until you see how the rest of this beautiful day unfolds in THE VAULT, (hint: it’ll definitely make you a morning person)!

From Sawyer BairdWhen dreaming up your wedding day… I believe that you should always take the morning slow. As hard as that may seem. When dreaming up this session we wanted a classic bridal with neutral tones – along with a lot of emotion. Easily, your wedding morning is the first thing that came to mind.

The slow morning rise with a cup of coffee reflecting on the day that is about to be the most amazing day of your life is not only important, but beyond special.

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See more early morning inspirations in THE VAULT!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Floral Design: Forage & Fleur | Wedding Dress: Theia | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Bobbie Riot | Calligraphy: Sarah Ingram | Venue: Jamie Mcpherson Maria Hickman Tra Raines | Bridal Boutique: The Sentimentalist | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

Rustic, Elegant Wedding in Georgia at Vinewood Plantation

This wedding is so incredibly special. Special in the way that it is gorgeous, but also in the way that it is meaningful. It’s glamorous, but filled with so much heart you can’t help but feel something when pouring through Amy Arrington‘s stunning images. It’s warm, it’s cozy, it’s elegant, it’s filled with love –  it’s absolutely perfect. See just what I mean here.

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From Amy Arrington PhotographyThe couple, Megan Loflin + Joe Sommers, were married at Vinewood Plantation on November 22, 2013, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. We loved their “glitter + gold glam” theme at their reception. Fun fact about their “get away car” … it makes an appearance the Zac Brown Band’s music video called “Sweet Annie.”

From The Bride…My now husband, Joe, popped the question while we were visiting New York City, where we’d met while residing there two and half years ago. Having grown up in North Carolina and Georgia, we felt a strong calling to begin our next chapter in the South.

Friends and family were coming from all over the country for our wedding, so we really wanted them to experience a southern affair at its finest! We served apple pie moonshine during the cocktail hour, BBQ, for dinner and southern inspired confections for dessert. We danced the night away to an awesome, classic southern rock band!

My gown was my Grandmother’s, which had also been worn by my Mother and Great Aunt on their wedding days. With the help of a fantastic seamstress in Atlanta, we were able to redesign the gown into a style that better suited me. The gown turned out beautifully and the sentimental value of it is worth its weight in gold (which I used as my core color!).

Even though we chose a beautiful, rustic venue, I really wanted to create a glamorous setting inside the stable. With the help of some of the most talented people I have ever met, including my wedding planner, Eva Clark, this was accomplished. The best part is that our photographer captured our wedding perfectly and I can almost relive the day every time I look through the photo gallery!

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Planning: Eva Clark Events | Floral Design: Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio | Catering: Fox Brothers BBQ | Hair + Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Band: Rockasaurus | Ceremony + Reception: Vinewood Plantation | Ceremony Musicians: Celebration String Quartet | Dessert Bar: Blooming Flour | Dress Restyling: Gizzelle James | Linens: Linen Hero | Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Veil: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta

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Romantic Outdoor Wedding Amongst the Trees

This Georgia wedding is so thoughtfully personalized, using treasured family antiques decorating the reception and small wooden boats floating on the surrounding ponds as a nod to the groom’s love for sailing. It’s moments like that, planned by Chancey Charm Weddings with florals by Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio, that make this day so special. The images by Odalys Mendez Photography certainly help too. See this gorgeous day unfold right here.

From Odalys Mendez PhotographyA collector and artisan at heart, Leah knew when she started planning her dream wedding that she would be involved in every last detail. She incorporated family heirlooms and traditions into the day, bringing treasured family antiques to the gardens to make her guests feel like a part of her home. The day was a warm meeting of family and friends, surrounded by the beauty of nature, and steeped in relaxed southern comfort. Heirloom photographs of ancestors were included in the invitation suite. To honor the groom’s interest in boating, small wooden sailboats floated on ponds throughout the venue.

Photography: Odalys Mendez | Planner: Chancey Charm | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Catering: Epting Events | Ceremony And Reception: Dunaway Gardens | Custom Cornhole Game: Style My Corn Toss | Custom Ribbon Wands: Craft Up Your Life | Fingerprinting Tree: Bleu De Toi | Floral: Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio | Towering Blocks Game: The Pearson Shop

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Rustic Elegance at the Vinewood Plantation

This sweet duo has rustic elegance down to an absolute science.  From their crazy gorgeous sunset ceremony beneath a large oak tree to their chandelier and farm table filled reception at the always amazing Vinewood Plantation, it’s a serious lesson in southern charm meets downright sophistication. See every glorious moment captured by (once like a spark) photography right here.

From the Bride… When planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something unique, beautiful, and warm. We wanted our guests to feel at home and Vinewood Plantation had just the right touch of southern charm and rustic elegance our hearts were set on. Our family and friends are such an important part of our lives and we wanted everyone to feel like family that day, because to us, they are!

Our bridal party style was simple, neutral, and fun. I let the girls choose their own dresses within a blush color palette. I wanted them to show off their own personalities and they did a fabulous job. For the reception, I chose to wear a handmade headpiece by Doloris Petunia. It was absolutely my favorite piece of the night. I fell in love with detailed Swarovski crystals and silk petals and knew it would be the perfect addition to my look for the reception.

The ceremony under the wedding tree could not have been more beautiful. We chose to get married during the “golden hour” with the sun setting in the background. The natural setting our venue provided was so gorgeous that we decided to add minimal touches of decor. We had small flower arrangements on wooden barrels at the front of the aisles and a vintage mantle frame at the altar. To symbolize my husband’s father who passed away one year before our wedding, we had a picture and a candle placed on the mantle. We have kept both to be displayed in our home and this is so precious to both of us.

Of course, as tradition says, everything at our ceremony did not go exactly as planned. I was standing with my father preparing to begin the processional when my wedding planner, Maria, had a look of horror sweep across her face. I heard the pastor starting into a prayer that wasn’t supposed to begin until after I was there. Our officiant was so excited that he forgot to wait for me to walk down the aisle! When the pastor began the service without me, my sweet groom leaned in and said, “I think she may want to be here for this.”  He didn’t realize the microphone was right there and all of our guests heard. Everyone had a good laugh and it is a funny memory that we will cherish forever. In the end, I did get to walk down the aisle and see my husband-to-be for the first time that day. We chose not to do a first look beforehand and that moment was something we will never forget.

The reception was held in the stables, which provided the perfect canvas for our imagination. We chose to utilize a variety of small details to create the atmosphere we wanted. The mismatched vintage china, multicolored antique goblets and stemware, assorted florals, lace and burlap runners, and crystal chandeliers created the inviting, shabby-chic ambiance we had envisioned. Having fun, mismatched stemware and china was really important to me, but we couldn’t afford to rent the average 6 pieces per guest. Instead, I handmade name tags and placed one on each antique goblet. Our guests could choose from any of the uniquely shaped glasses in varying hues of blush, amber, and purple, keep it for the night, and refill it with any libation they wanted. I also really wanted a picture table to display the precious wedding photos of our close family members. I framed the wedding photos in varying rustic frames I found from a local craft store and placed them on a table scattered with single stem flowers, our guest book, and tea-light candles. Above the frames, I strung my favorite photos of my husband and I with miniature wooden clothespins and twine along the chalkboard. This table was one of my favorite additions to the reception decor because of its personal meaning to our families and us.

We catered southern style food including shrimp and grits, a rib-eye carving station, fried green tomatoes, biscuits, jalapeno-pimento cheese sandwiches, and crab cakes. We had three different cakes, keeping in line with our eclectic wedding style. The cakes were lemon, white-chocolate raspberry, and carrot. Instead of a groom’s cake, we opted for a dessert bar with my husband’s favorites: mini peach and blackberry cobblers, as well as bourbon pecan pies. After everyone ate, we danced the night away to the music from our live band, Rustic Charlie. Later in the night, our guests enjoyed s’mores by the fire pit and we were sent on our way with an amazing sparkler send-off.

Our wedding may not have been perfect, but it was everything we wanted. We became husband and wife and spent the day celebrating with many of the people who matter most to us. What a beautiful day it was.

Photography: Once Like A Spark | Videography: Justin Suttles | Styling + Design: Vinewood Plantation | Floral Design: Southern Stems | Wedding Dress: Bel Fiore Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ModCloth | Catering: Tulla White Catering | Hair And Makeup: Face of Makeup | Groomsmen Attire: Bel Fiore Bridal | Venue: Vinewood Plantation | Cake And Desserts: Blooming Flour | Chandeliers: Funky Shack | Dessert Table Styling: Southern Flair Events | Headpiece: Doloris Petunia | Kimono Robes: Etsy | Vintage China: Southern Vintage | Wedding Dress Sash: Etsy

Rustic Chic Vinewood Plantation Wedding Film

I think every Monday morning deserves a little something cozy, especially when it’s a bit gloomy outside as it is today in our little corner of New England. And this sweet film from Artworks Wedding Cinema? It hits the spot. Set at Vinewood Plantation and packed with all kinds of rustic chic goodness, it warms the soul. Grab your mug o’ coffee and press play m’dears!

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From Artworks Wedding CinemaJosee and Adam’s beautiful Vinewood Plantation wedding had all the amazing details that a rustic chic wedding has to offer. My personal favorite was the bright color of the bridesmaids dresses, which really shined amidst the neutral tones the plantation has to offer. Fortunately, the rain held off for the couple to have their ceremony outside beneath a rustic huppah flowing with soft sheers under a large Georgia oak tree. In lieu of a guestbook, guests were invited to sign their names on a quilt. In trying to keep the impending rain out of the picture, the couple enjoyed a short and sweet ceremony where the rabbi was both sentimental and inserted a bit of humor throughout! Guests then enjoyed a wonderful dinner inside the barn as well as the outdoor horseshoes and a fire pit. Dancing the night away culminated in the couple’s sparkler departure where guests were then asked to take home some yummy peach butter as a reminder of the day. We wish Josee and Adam a wonderfully happy life together!

Photography: LibbyPhoto | Cinematography: Artworks Wedding Cinema | Florist: By Tulip | Dress: Winnie Couture | Cake: Blooming Flour | Entertainment: Complete Music | Venue: Vinewood Plantation | Boots: Corral Boots | Music: Evan Wise Through Songfreedom

North Georgia Wedding at Vinewood Plantation from Alucinarte Films

The first time I spotted this breathtaking Vinewood  Plantation wedding, I did a double-take.  Like a stare for a minute, look away, stare for another minute kind of double-take.  You know, just to make sure I wasn’t completely imagining the beautiful grounds and historic stables draped in gorgeous chandeliers. And when I had convinced myself that this is a wedding that did indeed take place, I dived into the details like any wedding lover should.  Because with a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown, the fab stylings of Vinewood Events, Inc and an entire gallery of lovely captured by Alucinarte Films, this is a day straight from a fairytale.  See it all here.

And even more gorgeous to devour with this sweet film from Alucinarte Films.

From the Bride… Jeremy and I were so blessed when it comes to our wedding day, and for so many reasons; all of our close friends and family in one place to honor our commitment, day full of sunshine, yummy food and drinks, amazing florals and design.  You could not only feel the love you could ‘see’ the love that day in all the fine details and glamorous touches. So many people worked so hard to make our day special.  To top it all off, Vinewood is owned by a friend I’ve had for over 20 years, making our wedding day even more heartfelt and full circle for me. It was a day that can never be duplicated and one that we will look back on forever with gratitude, happy hearts and huge smiles.

I can never thank Claudette Montero from Alucinarte Films enough for all her hard work that day . The day was long and hectic and it went by so fast. Now, every time I look at her images it brings an instant smile to my face just remembering those feelings like it was yesterday. The memories she managed to capture we (and my family) will have to cherish for the rest of our lives. She is very talented and asking her to participate in our wedding day was one of the best decisions I made as a bride to be. Our wedding was our idea of perfection in every way… simply magical.

From Vinewood EventsWhen a dear friend of mine and her fiance began the search for their wedding venue, I was over the moon when they chose Vinewood Plantation. Vinewood was a bit of an unusual choice for Casey and Jeremy. They live in the DC/Virginia area and both of their families live there, as well, but once they thought about all of the extended family and friends they realized that for the most part no matter where they chose their venue would be a destination wedding.

Casey had always imagined her wedding being a formal black tie event. So with a lot of faith that comes from a deep rooted friendship, she entrusted me to create a formal ballroom reception feeling within our historic stables. Beginning with a color palette of black, white and silver the details all began to come together.

Most importantly memories were made. Fantastic memories to add to an already incredible journal of life’s experiences shared with friends. A huge thanks to all fantastic vendors for doing what they do best and for making Casey and Jeremy’s wedding day such a wonderful experience from start to finish.

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Wedding Photography: Claudette Montero from Alucinarte Films | Wedding Cinematography: Alucinarte Films | Wedding Venue: Vinewood  Plantation in Newnan, Georgia | Event Planning: Vinewood Events, Inc | Officiant: Justin Flowers | Catering: Making Memories Catering | Bakery: Blooming Flour Bakery | Favors: Lush Cakery | DJ: The DJ Professionals | Chandeliers: The Funky Shack | Vintage China: The Vintage Chicks | Vintage Furniture: Southern Vintage | Linens: I Do Linens | Ceremony Benches: Bash Factory | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Moore Custom Creations | Save-the-Dates: The Blue Envelope | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Fabulous Frocks | Bride’s Send-off Dress: Chaviano Couture | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman + Vera Wang | Bride’s Accessories: Kate Spade + Family Heirlooms | Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew | Groom’s Attire: Jos.A.Bank + Banana Republic | Hair: Level 10 Salon | Makeup: Kat Eyes

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Newnan Wedding at Dunaway Gardens from This Is You Photography

There’s no mistaking that when you’re planning a DIY wedding, you need all the help you can get. This lucky bride just so happened to get tons of help from her artsy and crafty mom and together they created one fabulous day. From the doilie painted table clothes to the antique brooch bouquet, this wedding is a total original. This is You Photography captured it all perfectly. Click here for the full gallery.

From the Bride… After I got engaged the first thing my mom and I tried to nail down was the venue and the overall feel/look of the wedding. Heath and I love doing and being outside, so I had narrowed it down to an outdoor ceremony. We looked around the Newnan area and my mom had visited Dunaway Gardens and she was in love. I went out there as soon as I could and saw what she was talking about. It was beautiful and I knew that it was the spot.

I had always loved casual, rustic, antique decor used in weddings so now that we had the location the look was starting to develop. I was inspired by antique ball jars for centerpieces and wanted to use burlap since it was a great natural backdrop for just about anything. I didn’t use a wedding planner- my mom is a retired art teacher, so once I talked about what I wanted and showed her things I liked she ran with it. We spray painted doilies onto the table cloths, she scavenged antique shops for jars, made a moss P and you can see from the pictures the list goes on and on…. I owe her BIG! and more importantly I trusted her with anything she suggested she was making. One thing I did want was a brooch bouquet. Flowers wilt and die and I loved the idea that its something I could keep and remember the day. I also love the idea that if I have girls, I can give them one of the brooches off my bouquet. One of my favorite parts of the day was my dress…. after traveling and trying on who knows how many dresses I had narrowed it down to a 2 dresses but before I went back to try them on I had an appointment at New Natalies in Atlanta. I went and saw the bottom of my dress in a bag and said,” I like the lace, lets try this on.” I saved it for last, and when I saw myself in it, I knew.

For music, my mom really liked the idea of a string quartet playing and we asked Jacob Winslett, our praise band leader at our church, to do a solo. Jacob sang “Take My Life” by Chris Tomlin during the lighting of the unity candles. For the reception music we wanted to have variety and we thought a dj would be best for that. Lastly, another part I knew from the begining I wanted to include, was a paper lantern release. I had seen the tradition for couples to write love wishes on the lantern and then releasing it for it to come true. I think they are beautiful and thought it would be a cool thing to include. 

Photography: Mark & Tracy from This is You Photography / Wedding Venue: Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia / Wedding Coordinator + Floral Design: Phyllis King / Event Design: The Bride’s Mother / Caterer: Contemporary Catering / Wedding Cake: Linda’s All Occasion Cakes / Entertainment: Mike McGraw / Wedding Dress: Enzoani via New Natalies

 

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Newnan Wedding at Vinewood from LibbyPhoto

These two lovebirds might be smitten with each other, but I am smitten with them. It’s pretty much a guarantee that you will be too, because their wedding is just the definition of lovely. Lovely and fun and the type of wedding you can just tell each of their guests will always remember. And if they ever want to revisit the loveliness of that day, all they have to do is take one look at the beautiful images from LibbyPhoto and they’ll be right back there again. And all those images are sitting pretty right here.

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From the Bride… What a wonderful experience this wedding has been. I have such great family and friends who helped me through the planning process every step of the way. Choosing a venue was definitely the most challenging and time consuming part of planning. However, upon seeing Vinewood, we were convinced that this adorable rustic chic setting would be absolutely perfect for our wedding and would complement our vision of an elegant, vintage event. Not only was the venue stunning, but the owners were also amazing and helped us every step of the way while we planned the wedding. With the venue decided upon, we were able to continue with making other decisions for the wedding. A large part of the décor was accented with burlap and lace to accentuate the rustic and elegant vibe of the venue. I also decided to use mainly neutral colors in the wedding, which worked well with the natural feel of the venue. Our ceremony was outside under a large tree, from which we hung lanterns, and the reception was held in the stables. Being on a rather limited budget, my fiance and I decided to employ a lot of DIY ideas in our planning process. I had a wonderful team of my mom and sisters, and we did the programs, escort cards, table runners, and lavender pouches that were thrown upon our exiting the reception. It sure was a lot of work but definitely worth every bit — the wedding turned out beautifully.

The attire for the bridal party complemented the wedding colors perfectly. The bridesmaids wore a strapless J.Crew dress in a light driftwood color and nude pumps. The bouquets had a wildflower look with hints of gray and lavender to match the color of the dresses. The groomsmen wore suits a darker shade of gray, and they all looked very handsome. The boutonnieres were simple yet elegant and complemented the bridesmaids’ bouquets. My dress, which I absolutely love, had a full pleated skirt and fitted bodice with a thin waist line of sequins and rhinestones. I also wore a pair of vintage, navy, peep toe pumps that belong to my grandmother and were worn by her when she and my grandfather were married. It was simple yet stunning.

The reception was a blast, and everyone had a great time. From the delicious buffet to the rockin’ dance floor, it was a true party. Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we decided to go with cupcakes, which were absolutely amazing! The baker created a beautiful display with the cupcakes and the cake topper. After dancing the night away and spending time with our wonderful family and friends, we left the reception under a shower of lavender thrown by the guests. It was a beautiful night, and I will cherish the memories forever.  

Wedding Photography: LibbyPhoto / Wedding Venue: Vinewood in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Patti Cramer of Simple Elegance / Catering: Simply Catering / Cupcakes: Meagan Bielo of Creative Cakes / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

Newnan Photo Shoot from Odalys Mendez Photography

I dare you not to look at this inspiration and instantly want to infuse every inch of your life in beautiful florals; wildly glamorous, uber bright, bohemian floral crown kinds of florals. That is just what Cloth of Gold set out to create with a photo shoot infused with loads of the aforementioned and imagery by Odalys Mendez Photography that brings all those pretty petals to life. If you’re a bohemian Bride -to-be or simply a lover of flora, grab all the inspiration your little heart can handle in the full gallery.

From Odalys Mendez PhotographyThis inspirational shoot was designed around a beautiful, lush flower crown made for a whimsical bride. Country Gardens Farm, a picturesque, organic vegetable and flower grower in Newnan, Georgia, lent the perfect backdrop for this couple’s natural, simple style. The floral elements were designed to create a fresh, just-picked-from-the-garden aesthetic and pull in the natural elements of the organic setting. A color palette of vivid hues adds to the element of whimsy and was beautifully set off by the warm, late summer light.

Photography: Odalys Mendez Photography / Photo Shoot Location: Country Gardens Farm in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Cloth of Gold

Dunaway Gardens Wedding from Artstar by Laura Stone

Have you ever been to Dunaway Gardens? I have not, but if you have, consider me jealous. From the looks of this gorgeous southern wedding, the Gardens are a place worthy of a visit or two – as well as the most amazing soiree of your relationship. These two thought so, and I can’t help but agree. As a very close second to actually being a lucky guest of this wedding, we have a gallery full of beautiful images from Artstar by Laura Stone just waiting for you here!

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Jay and I met at a small bar in downtown Savannah, Georgia. I was playing a round of pool with some friends and he was with a group of friends who had coaxed him into going out with them. He walked up to me, pulled me aside, and told me that he spotted me from across the room and thought I was beautiful and could not leave with out getting my number.  I reluctantly gave it to him, because after all I was in a “bar.”   I was finishing up my last year at the Savannah College of Art and Design and he was working for the Army repairing helicopters at a nearby base.  We both had plans that would take us on different paths-I had dreams of moving to New York and he had plans of working overseas as a defense contractor.  We decided to take those different paths and see how things went.  We are both believers in fate.  If it was meant to be we would find our way back to each other.  During our time of being worlds apart we both realized how much we missed each other, and the year wrapped up we decided that life was too short to be on such different paths and that we wanted to join our lives together.  We moved into a small house together which we fixed up during the following three years.

As we started living our lives together small little acts of love started to develop.  I am not a morning person at all, so every morning Jay would bring me coffee and toast to wake me up.  He is not the romantic type, not one to plan a night out with a romantic dinner or bring me flowers; but what he did do that meant so much more to me than those things was consistently show acts of kindness like waking up and bringing me breakfast in bed 90% of the time.  One morning as usual he brought me coffee and toast and instead of kissing me and telling me it was time to get up, he got down on one knee and began to tell me how we wanted bring me breakfast for the rest of my life.  He went on to saying how much he appreciated our lives being joined and could not imagine life any other way. He asked me to marry him in the sweetest most simple way.  That was us. We are simple and understated people.  I could not have asked for a better proposal.

When it came time to plan our wedding, we knew we wanted to incorporate the simplicity and beauty of nature for our special day.  The venue we chose, Dunaway Gardens, is a 25-acre site full of different types of gardens and ponds.  From the moment I stepped onto the venue site, I felt a sense of calmness and peace, the place was magical.  It was everything I wanted for our wedding day.  I did not even have to think about it, I signed the contract with out even discussing it with my husband to be because I knew he would love it.

The venue strongly dictated the stlye, theme and colors.  I did not want the wedding details to overpower or fight with the venue but have a harmonious dialogue between each element. The wedding color I decided on was lavender. Instead of sticking with one color only, I decided to do a play on different shades of the lavender color.  I felt like it would compliment all of the greenery around.  I kept in mind the idea of simplicity and less is more.  Instead of creating an arch for us to say our vows under I decided on a petal carpet of purple and white petals. I thought about how the guest were going to view the ceremony from the steps of the amphitheater.  The color would dictate the focus point instead of an architectural element.

For the reception, I wanted simple but beautiful.  We decided on white table cloths and flower boxes filled with flowers that looked as if they were picked from the garden.

We had many special touches we incorporated into our ceremony and reception.  The first one was the music we used during our ceremony.  We choose to use some of our favorite songs in the instrumental version.  For the wedding party entrance we used “Yellow” by Vitamin String Quartet.  For the song I walked down to, we decided on “Closer to Love” by Piano Tribute Conservatory.  For our processional we chose “Stolen” in the instrumental version. 

We had several hand made details incorporated.  Jay made the little nest out of dried hunsuckle vines from our garden.  One of my bridesmaids made our cake topper two days before the wedding from vines bent into the letter A.  The night before the wedding my bridesmaids, my mother and I made the petal cones which held dried lavender.  We used paper dollies from the craft store.  We also hand stamped all the guest gift paper bags with purple flowers.  It was a fun night of crafting.

During our ceremony we did a butterfly release.  That idea came from our wedding planner during one of our last design meetings.  I am so glad we did it. It was so beautiful and our amazing photographer was able to catch it.

The memories that stay the most vivid to me now are from our ceremony.  It was the most special and beautiful moment of my life.  Being surrounded by everyone we love and exchanging such life changing vows in the middle of the most beautiful surroundings, no moment could have been more perfect.

I love all of our photos, but my favorites are from the First Look.  As the background for this special moment, Jay and I chose an overgrown pond with much greenery around it. It was magical and the pictures capture it beautifully.  I also love the detail images because they show our idea of beauty, and the photos of my family- Laura captured all their personalities perfectly!

Photography: Artstar by Laura Stone / Cinematography: James Futch / Flowers: Gloriosa / Event Planning: Peachtree Weddings & Events / Ceremony + Reception Location: Dunaway Gardens / Invitations: Paper Source / Hair & Makeup: Brushworx / Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones / Bride’s Belt: Handmade by Madeline / Pearl Necklace: Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry / Wedding Rings: Shane Company

Falconry Inspired Photo Shoot from Odalys Mendez Photography

This gorgeous photo shoot, captured entirely on film by Odalys Mendez Photography, has such a dreamy and romantic feel to it I could seriously stare at it all morning long. The amazing flowers, elegant tablescape and the delicious tower of sugarplums all add to the fabulousness of this photo shoot. We’re loving each and every inch if its organic, rustic vibe! See the whole story right here!

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From Odalys Mendez PhotographyThis styled photo shoot was created around the ancient sport of falconry. We wanted to bring the mystery and beauty of these birds into a setting with a touch of medieval flair. We imagined a lady training her bird of prey in the overgrown fields surrounding her castle, pausing to take a rest in a table beautifully set with silver and wild flowers.

The setting for our photo shoot was the new area of “High Meadows” at the breathtaking Vinewood venue located south of Atlanta. Lush trees amidst fields of tall grass were an idyllic backdrop for the organic theme of the shoot. The flowers by Virtu Floral and Event Design were a juxtaposition of delicate blooms and wild berries picked right from the venue by the florist. Twigs and wildflowers were also incorporated to further enhance the natural, rustic feel of the bouquets, giving them a hand-picked essence. The simple table was set with antique, sterling silver goblets and candelabra worthy of a princess. In lieu of a cake, we chose to display a tower of frosted sugarplums adorned with sprigs of wild berries. The photo shoot was done 100% on film to create a natural, organic, and dream-like palette of colors.

Photography: Odalys Mendez Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: Vinewood in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Virtu Floral and Event Design / Silver: H.G. Robinson Silver & Gifts / Fine China: Fragile Gifts / Falcon: Georgia Falconry Association / Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta / Wedding Dresses: Eve of Milady (Cap Sleeved Dress) + Azura (V-Neck Dress) / Hair + Makeup: Sarah Park

Newnan Wedding at Vinewood by The Studio B Photography

This lovely wedding emanates rustic charm and Southern warmth at every turn. We’re loving the details everywhere we look — chandeliers hanging from the ceremony tree, haystack sitting areas draped with blankets, horseshoes and a puppy in a bowtie. I mean, what could be better? (And we could go on and on and on!) Vinewood is clearly the ideal venue for a rustic and intimate wedding, and  the amazing folks at The Studio B Photography captured all of the rustic loveliness right here.

From The Studio B Photography At the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, Casey’s dad spoke about what it was like when his son was growing up: “The first time he rode his bike, I was terrified. He was by himself on those two wheels, and I didn’t know what was going to happen. The same thing happened again when he first drove a car and when he first drove a boat. I was so scared because he was on his own. Then years later, he met Amanda, and I knew from the first time he spoke about her that she was special. When he proposed to her, I finally stopped being afraid of the new things Casey came across because I knew from that point on that he’d never be alone.”

These two love each other fiercely, and the support they have for each other is unwavering. Two weeks before the wedding, Amanda finished up her first year of medical school. A couple who can get through that together in the final days leading up to a wedding can get through anything! The pair were married at Vinewood, and the whole day was sweetly Southern and laid-back. In honor of her late mother, Amanda’s bouquet had her picture pinned on it. She also wore her mother’s veil, which was cathedral-length and stunning. The ring bearer was their adorable Rottweiler puppy Gunner, who donned a seersucker bow tie for the occasion and did a great job! Amanda and Casey said their vows beneath the shade of the “wedding tree,” and it was beautiful. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing in the stables, and a good time was had by all.

Wedding Photography: The Studio B Photography / Wedding Venue: Vinewood in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Virtu Floral Design / Styling + Design: Jamie Elliott McPherson of Vinewood / Catering: Making Memories Catering / Wedding Cake + Dessert Table: Blooming Flour Bakery / Dessert Table Styling: Southern Flair Events / Custom Paper Goods: You’re Invited / Chandeliers: The Funky Shack / Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell via Bridals by Lori / Bride’s Veil: Her Mother’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate

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Vinewood Surprise Wedding by Paperlily Photography

When Paperlily Photography sent this vintage shoot our way, we were immediately pulled in by the story behind the pretty images. Not only is it showcasing gorgeous outdoor inspiration with styling by The Funky Shack and bright punches of florals by Southern Stems but it also happens to be a surprise wedding for the Bride and Groom. A win win. How could we not love that? I definitely teared up when reading the description from the Bride. It’s so stinkin sweet and worthy of a read over your morning coffee followed by an immediate perusal of the full gallery. See it all here.

And a few snapshots from their engagement session pre-wedding. It’s a pretty dress, a gorgeous field and love for days…

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From Christy of Paperlily PhotographyScott and Katie were great friends of ours who desperately wanted to get married. They had set multiple dates, but due to financial constraints, they were never able to keep them. We were in the process of planning our fall-inspired, stylized, wedding shoot. At some point a light bulb went off for us. Not only would Scott and Katie make great models for our stylized shoot, but the wedding they had tried for so long to plan was now within reach…

From the Bride… I woke up on November 22, 2011, just like I always do. I got ready and got in the car with my handsome fiancé, Scott, as we headed off to a place called Vinewood. We had been asked to do a photo shoot that day at this beautiful place — of course we couldn’t turn it down. Earlier that month, with budgets being tight, we decided that this November we would get married, no matter what. The courthouse was our venue of choice. Of course it’s not the wedding every girl dreams of, but my fiance was the man I had always dreamed of. With him by my side nothing else would matter. As long as I could say I do for forever to him, that’s all that I needed to make a perfect wedding day.

When we arrived at Vinewood, I felt as though we were in a different world. It was timeless, classic and so full of charm. We went met an amazing team of “wedding dream makers,” at least that’s what I call them. They had already made the place look fantastic. I went in the house and began to have my hair and makeup done. The whole time I kept thinking, “Oh, how I wish this was real.” I spent all day literally just being in love with my fiancé. The photographers set up a “first look” for us and I got to walk out and surprise Scott in an amazing Valentino wedding gown. He was speechless and so was I. We would be close, smile, kiss and look at each other. Then we would move across the beautiful venue to another location to do the same. It was magical. Scott kept asking if I thought there was any way we could get my dad, who is an ordained pastor, to marry us while we were dressed for the part. I said probably not, and that we could always remember this as our wedding day no matter what. At that point, the plan was to rush to the court when the shoot was over.

After another change of clothes and hair, we went out for out very last scene to shoot. It was the ceremony scene. Everyone seemed to be so nervous, running about, and getting ready. Someone even make a comment about how I was so calm. I pushed the comment aside and just thought, they must be very excited about this shoot since they put so much hard work into everything. I am standing at the doorway when they give me the go ahead to walk out and “down the aisle”. I started walking and then I heard it. The song I had planned to walk down the aisle to was playing — my heart began to race. I thought, “What a sweet touch to add.” It was then that I could see the smiling faces of my family friends staring at me. They had been let in while I was having my makeup retouched. I was surprised and confused, but I kept my eyes turned to Scott. He was more handsome than ever, smiling away. Any sort of nervousness I had just disappeared. As I approached my beloved the “stand in” pastor for the photo-shoot began to move. There was rustling behind me as if someone was getting up. It was my dad, and he now stood in front of Scott and me. We were really getting married! Tears streamed down Scott’s face, and I couldn’t decide if I was going to faint or get sick from the nerves and excitement. I was standing at the wedding of my dreams, marrying the man of my dreams, and until that very moment I could not have believed it possible. Even writing this today I still think this is the kind of story you see happen in the movies. Its hard for me to believe its real even now. A big thank you to the dream makers who made our dreams come true.

Wedding Photography: Paperlily Photography / Wedding Venue: Vinewood Weddings and Events of Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Leslie Wacker of Southern Stems / Wedding Planning: Corrie Kirk of Signature Weddings & Events / Main Table Design: The Funky Shack / Wedding Cake, Cake Table Design + Food on Cake Table & Sweet Love Table: Blooming Flour Bakery / Wedding Dress: Valentino via Abriel Rose of Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta / Wedding Dress Alterations: Candice Roetman Alterations (678-467-6248) / Accessories: Abriel Rose of Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta / Reception Dress: Anthropologie / Hair + Makeup: Claudia Mejerie

Vinewood Wedding by Harwell Photography

Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography snaps some of the most gorgeous images we come across. Images full of love and sentiment. Images bathed in a sea of gorgeous light. Images just like this very collection that is showcasing the sweetest of sweet affairs. It’s rustic with a touch glamour and enough sparkling candlelight to launch this Vinewood beauty into a whole new level of romance. Get cozy in the gallery for so much more!

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And just as gorgeous as all of the images is the film of the day captured by J.A.R. Films. I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a little teary-eyed with this gem. Happy tears of course…

From Jeremy of Harwell PhotographyThis beautiful summer wedding began with filled with laughter and joy as Jenna made preparations getting ready for her big day in the bridal suite of Vinewood. Surrounded by her best friends and family, there were some tears of joy, but mainly the excitement that you can feel in the air when two people are so in love and are about to embark on the beginning of the rest of their lives together. The ceremony was held beneath an ancient pecan tree adorned with white crystal-accented tissue balls. After heartfelt vows were shared and Jenna and Bryan were joined as husband and wife, the were met by a traditional Marine Corps sword arch. The love birds were only allowed to pass through by exchanging kisses with each other as a toll.

The reception that followed was held in The Stables of Vinewood. The rustic venue was a perfect backdrop for Jenna’s vision of a vintage glam reception. There were many personal touches by the bride, from hand-made pillows made from Scottish tartans in the couples namesakes to a guest thumbprint tree that she hand-painted. Amazing floral arrangements in shades of blues, greens and creams with accents of crystals and vintage mercury and colored glass vessels. To get the party started, the groomsmen surprised Jenna and serenaded her with Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” The fun atmosphere included a candy bar styled with vintage decanters and a four-tier stand filled with cake truffles in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.

One of the most beautiful details were the favors. Each guest was offered a handmade wire bud vase with a white, single-stem flower. The presentation was almost too beautiful to touch … almost. The evening ended with the newlyweds being sent off beneath a spray of pop streamers.

Wedding Photography: Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography / Wedding Venue: Vinewood in Newnan, Georgia / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Jamie Elliott McPherson + Maria Fabre Hickman of Vinewood / Flowers: Virtu Floral Design / Vintage Rentals, Decor + Styling: The Funky Shack Art Studio / Catering: Making Memories Catering / Wedding Cake: Lush Cakery / Ceremony Chair Rentals: Classic Canopies / Wedding Gown: Kenneth Pool / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Cinematography: J.A.R. Films

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Dunaway Gardens Wedding by Melissa Prosser Photography

We have a wondrously romantic woodland wedding for you on this fine day of thanks and giving.  Shaded under a large oak and surrounded by loved ones these nuptials, captured by Melissa Prosser Photography, are full of wonderment and magic.  Perfectly wild arrangements of seasonal blossoms and vintage vessels nestled into little beds of moss look darling against the woodsy backdrop.  Click here to see all the natural beauty and have a marvelous holiday!

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From Melissa Prosser PhotographyKatherine and John hosted an absolutely beautiful wedding at Dunaway Gardens.  The only way to describe their day is fairytale.  I have never walked into a venue and felt like I was in another world!  The ceremony was hosted under a beautiful gigantic tree.  It was a simple ceremony with a few readings and personalized vows from the couple.  Katherine chose a very natural whimsical decor to go with this amazing outdoor venue.  Lots of beautiful flowers donned the tables that seemed like mother nature had put them there, the buffet was filled with candle light and vegetables. Even her dress felt like from another world.  It definitely had a vintage nod with the color and style and fit her quiet sweet personality to a tee!  The reception had an awesome jazz band that kept the atmosphere going into the evening.  Friends and family enjoyed catching up with each other, dancing, or simply enjoying the outdoor fireplace.  It was an evening to remember

Wedding Photography: Melissa Prosser Photography / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Food: Avalon Catering / Band: Moonlight Jazz Trio / Groom’s Suit: H. Stockton / Floral Design: The Perfect Poppy / Venue: Dunaway Gardens

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